National Apprenticeship Week 2022 - meet Ben Chandler

Date: 11 February 2022


It's National Apprenticeship Week (Monday 7 to Friday 11 February 2022)!

Apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers, they also present amazing opportunities for people to upskill or qualify to work in a new role.
To celebrate, we’re sharing stories from some of our apprentices throughout the week.

Temporary Resourcing Operational Manager Ben Chandler is working towards a Level 7 Senior People Professional apprenticeship.

Having started the apprenticeship in October 2021, he is due to complete it in February 2025.

Ben spoke about why he decided to do an apprenticeship with Medway NHS Foundation Trust:

“I decided to do an apprenticeship with the Trust so I can work towards a qualification alongside my day-to-day role.

“Before I started the Level 7 apprenticeship I completed a Level 5 Operational and Departmental Management apprenticeship in June 2020. This allowed me to progress my career by taking on additional responsibilities within the team. It also helped me to become more confident within my role.

“The Level 7 apprenticeship is definitely a step up from a Level 5. It entails creating a portfolio of evidence to prove your knowledge, skills and behaviours in-line with the apprenticeship standard. The training provider supports you with the knowledge and then you have to demonstrate this within your own role. Once the portfolio is finished, or nearing completion, you are tasked with a workplace project which involves creating a project report and presentation, to prepare you for the end point assessment.

“As the learning is relevant to my role, the apprenticeship allows me to put what I learn into practice so I can improve outcomes and the service within the organisation and progress my career in Human Resources (HR). It also allows me to network with other HR professionals across the country to learn new skills and innovative new processes.

“Once completed I will be a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and have a Level 7 qualification and I plan to continue to develop and progress my career as a HR professional.

“It has been tough trying to balance the apprenticeship, with my day-to-day role and still find vital downtime. However, it is possible as long as you are self-disciplined and use the fantastic support network that is available throughout your journey. 

“You’re supported by the training provider in relation to the work and often have catch ups with your learning tutor to talk about your progress. In addition, you are supported by the apprenticeship team at Medway, who are there to help you with any issues and listen to you and support you with any challenges that may come up during your journey. Your line manager will also support you by providing feedback as evidence, and off the job learning, as well as helping you to practice and apply your newly learnt skills.

“The one piece advice I would give to anyone thinking of starting an apprenticeship is to make sure the course is right for you and relevant to your job role as it will make things so much easier when it comes to completing the evidence. It will also help keep you engaged, encourage you to ask lots of questions and enable you to network with likeminded colleagues, both internally and externally.

“It is a big commitment, so make sure you have conversations with your line manager and the people close to you before starting an apprenticeship.”

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  • Summary:
    Temporary Resourcing Operational Manager Ben Chandler, who is working towards a Level 7 Senior People Professional Apprenticeship, speaks about why he chose an apprenticeship with the Trust.